Coyote Creek Trail (San Jose)

California

Coyote Creek Trail (San Jose) Facts

States: California
Counties: Santa Clara
Length: 22.1 miles
Trail end points: S. portion from Tulley Rd at Galveston Ave. to Morning Star Dr. at Eagle View Dr. and N. portion from Montague Expwy nr. Seely Ave. to Southbay Freeway
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6032159
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Walking

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Coyote Creek Trail (San Jose) Description

For most of its length, the scenic Coyote Creek Trail meanders along its namesake creek south of the city of San Jose. South of Metcalf Road, an equestrian trail parallels the paved trail. A smaller northern section (2.3 miles) near Milpitas is gravel and connects to the Highway 237 Bikeway. The main southern segment (19.3 miles) is paved and provides access to several city and county parks. A 0.5-mile segment extends from E. William Street south to Woodborough Place through William Street and Selma Olinder parks.

You'll find public art along the Coyote Creek Trail, too, including one work titled "Ripple Effect and Run River Run" between Montague Expressway and Tasman Drive.

Just south of Metcalf Road, a stone marker, Tamienne Monument, sits at the geographical center of the Santa Clara Valley. "Silicon Valley" is etched into it in two languages: English and binary code, befitting the valley's shift from agriculture of the land to the "farming" of high technology.

Parking and Trail Access

There are multiple access points for the Coyote Creek Trail, including Stonegate Park along Tuers Road or from the County's Hellyer Park. Public transit is available to Coyote Creek Parkway. For specific parking access, view the online maps of the three trail segments. For more information, contact:

Santa Clara County Parks & Recreation
298 Garden Hill Drive
Los Gatos, CA 95032
408-355-2200
www.parkhere.org/portal/site/parks/

Coyote Creek Trail (San Jose) Reviews

I have been using the trail between Heller Park to Anderson lake for a few years now. This stretch (15 miles of it) is very safe, you can see families biking/running/walking. Trail is shaded and beautiful, you can spot deer regularly. With Coyote creek itself flowing with with lots of water - the trails is amazingly beautiful.

I headed to this trail this past weekend based on the reviews that it was the nicer and safer trail in the area. I arrived at the trail head to find police activity. They were encouraging a number of homeless to move on. I asked if it was safe to run, and they said it probably would be if I stayed alert, but they recommended another trail that they felt would be safer. They encouraged me to go to Las Gatos Creek trail instead.

I ran on the northern section while visiting the area on business. The trail is flat, paved, and quite nice. I saw some geese and a crane around the trail. The trail had squished snails and geese poop, but not an overwhelming amount. Seems like the trail could be extended further,but it's nice for its small section.

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Easy and convenient

Comfortably uncrowded and sufficiently shady for a weekday morning at the end of July. We only did a 2 mile stretch, but it was gorgeous, totally paved, pretty much flat. I look forward to coming back again next week. I last did this trail 30 years ago! Then it was narrow and unpaved.

First, this trail is NOT disconnected, as a previous review claims. It has an occasional awkward link, but those are few and far between. I rode this trail from end to end and back today. It was a great ride. Of course, it is not perfect. There is an occasional rough patch that may rattle the rider at speed, but it is still great. You can't "race" through the more heavily used sections of the trail. The 15mph limit is reasonable when you are sharing with joggers and family hikers; but, for the long distance riders, you will have many miles to yourself, and you can (carefully) get up some speed. This trail is a wonderful resourse! For several years I biked from Gilroy to SJ using Santa Teresa or Monterey, dodging and battling moron motorists for 25 miles. Then, hallelujah! I discovered this trail! Using the Coyote Creek Trail, a cyclist can travel from South County to SJ in unmolested peace. And the scenery is nice too!

We drive to Eagle View Drive and do the trail from that end with our two kids (8 and 11). It's not disconnected. The sites are wonderful. It's mostly flat and fully paved and we were able to do about 10mi round trip with the kids and they simply loved it. No traffic and wide path. Nothing to worry about. There is a restroom right at the beginning where you park the car.

Great trail that can be entered in San Jose, or Morgan Hill. It's a peaceful run through fields. Sad that there's no water in the creek, but it's a great place to run if you want to mix it up.

Like most of San Jose's trails, this one is broken and disconnected, leaving you to defend yourself on the surface streets to get through town.

Great trail!

Saw several isolated ponds teaming with fish and turtles, But go see them soon because as long as the dam doesn't let any water out all these little creatures will die(I give them 1 more week before they deplete the oxygen in the ponds). The sections between the ponds are bone dry making a nice trail to walk down but watch out for the Poison Oak.

I have a video which tells you the tale of my hiking experience. Hopefully, someone will see this video and help clean up the mess.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VNimJNfHN4&feature=youtu.be

Coyote Creek trail is a very good early season warm up trail for all levels of riders. There is very little elevation change so it makes for a good run to get the legs moving again after a winter layoff. It is also a great ride for a family. It is not heavil;y traveled but you will encounter in-line skates and some joggers. But I highly recommend it.

"Have done a good bit of the northern end of this trail and look forward to doing the rest soon. It's a delightfully diverse trail, going from park to fields to woods, by a stream, thru some housing areas and thru an old plum orchard. (Yum!) As it says, many access points and not much traffic. a great trail."

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